Blame the recession: more men are getting a vasectomy

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HOUSTON, Texas -- Tough times call for tough measures.  Researchers say there's been an increase in the number of vasectomies, especially during the 2007-2009 recession.

Reproductive medicine experts at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York suggest that 7.5% of men had a vasectomy after the recession, compared to 5.8% before the financial crash.

"Yes, I do think that there is an association between finances and wanting a vasectomy," said Russel H. Williams, M.D., Board Certified in Urology.

A vasectomy is a surgery for male sterilization in which the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis are blocked.  When the tubes are closed, a man can't get a woman pregnant.

"A lot of guys express concern about being able to afford another child," explained Dr. Williams.  "And then of course I talked with the ladies, and they felt, after talking with their gynecologist that it was time for the man to take their role for sterilization."

This study coincides with another one showing a decline in U.S. birth rates during and after the crisis.  Who needs a bail-out when you can actually cut costs down?

For only $700 you can save a lot in diapers, toys and fits.   To each his own.  But tt's worth thinking about.

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